Whānau News

Ngā Whānau Kōrero o Te Kura Tuatahi o te Iringa o Kahukura.


Issue : 12

9th of May 2016

Please remember to regularly visit the School Calendar to see all events that are happening across the school.

School Cross Country

Congratulations to all students who ran in the Cross Country today.  It was a great day for running at the Halswell Quarry and everyone ran hard and showed great sportsmanship.  Thank you also to the parents who volunteered and helped out we appreciate you giving up your time.  Further information will be coming out shortly regarding the south west zone event.  

Important Notices

Property Update

From our Project Manager, David Kolien

"The team from HRS Construction Ltd now working on our school has recently completed building new learning hubs for Medbury School. During the school holidays HRS was awarded the contract by the Ministry of Education to redevelop our school over the next 20 months. HRS has now removed Blocks 7, 8 and 9, and will be demolishing the foundations and retaining walls to these buildings this week and next to make space for our new two storey Learning Hub. Water, power and phone services will be re-routed and you may have noticed the shade sails have been temporarily removed for reuse elsewhere in the future. The lift for new building has already been ordered and HRS will be ordering the structural steel frame in the next 2 to 3 weeks after the fabrication drawings have been prepared and checked by the structural engineer.

With the old teaching blocks now removed, site fencing strewn across the school grounds and having a new footpath access from Hackthorne Road, a lot has happened in a short space of time. Progress may seem slow over the next two months as the contractor prepares the site and builds the foundations and concrete ground floor slab.

Living in Christchurch over the past 5 years or so has required a lot patience and tolerance to get through. We know the building works will be frustrating at times, however we have a project team that really cares about our school and local community, and I am sure they will do their best to limit disruption as much as possible."

Term 3: Staff Only Day

Advance Notice: The school will be closed on Monday the 29th of August, Week 6 of Term 3 for a staff only day.

School Notices

Matai Camp to Living Springs

A big thank you to all the parent helpers who came on camp who supervised the activities, Children in the their bunk rooms, cleaned our spaces and supported our Matai children ensuring that they were safe and that they had an awesome time.  We really appreciate our parents giving up their time to come on camp as we really couldn’t do without you.  

Year 8 Wellington Fundraiser - Sausage Sizzle

Please support the Year 8 Wellington trip fundraiser being held every Wednesday.  The sausages can be purchased outside learning space 4 for $1.50 before school.    

Edible gardens

Cashmere Sustainability group is looking for 1 or 2 fabulous parents to help us set up our new edible gardens.  We have a hard working group of students who would like to grow some veges and maybe do some cooking, we are hoping to make something that we could possibly deliver to someone in need in the community.

If you can help us out, even if it is to start us off and give us some advise, please contact Mrs Cadillac at meg.cadillac@cashmereprimary.school.nz

The World Vision “Forty Hour Famine” -Written by Joseph McAllum   

The forty hour famine has always been about putting yourself in someone else’s shoes - someone with more need than you.This year Cashmere Primary is giving you the opportunity to take part in the famine.World vision, who run the event, have this year decided that the funds raised will go to the refugee children of the Syrian crisis.

World Vision has created a new challenge called the “Backpack challenge”. Because of the Syrian refugee crisis, World Vision  asks you to fit your life into a backpack - everything you would need for the weekend. See if you can survive just using what you have packed in the  back pack. See the World Vision website for details: famine.org.nz.

Alternatively you can make your own challenge and go without something you really care about for 20 or 40 hours like technology or no furniture or shoes or whatever you choose.

Help World Vision to help Syrian refugee children and do the Famine.

Harley , a world vision representative, will speak to the Matai and Totara children this week and the children can sign up for packs if they have your permission to do this. If your child brings home a pack and you do not wish them to participate please return the pack to school.

If you would like any additional information contact Cathy Andrew at school.


Marimba Group for Strum/Strike/Blow (SSB) Festival

Miss Divett would like any interested Year 4-8 students to sign up for this group asap! The SSB Festival is a concert held on Thursday 25 August featuring Marimba, Ukulele and Recorder players from schools across Canterbury. Miss Divett is going to lead the Marimba Group, practices are Monday lunchtimes, starting Week 3. Students must be able to read music, but no previous Marimba/Xylophone experience is required - more information on the sign-up form here: http://goo.gl/forms/mTw4MWZbw4

Please email kate.divett@cashmereprimary.school.nz if you have any queries.

Sharing the Warmth

Our PTA has contacted Rowley Ave School to see if their community could use some warm winter jackets.  It is the time of year where we clear out the cupboards and see what we can and can't use anymore. If you have any unused jackets (both preschool and primary aged children) that you would like to donate to families in need, please drop off at the school office into labelled large box. Keep warm this term!!


Cashmere High School Open Day

On Tuesday 24th May 2016 from 4pm until 6.30pm Cashmere High School will be “open” for all prospective students and parents.

The Principal, Mark Wilson, will address visitors in the school’s Performing Arts Centre (PAC) at 4pm and again at 5pm.  Guided school tours will then be available at 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

The school’s prospectus, enrolment and scholarship forms are available from the school or from the website:www.cashmere.school.nz

Closing date for Year 9 enrolments for 2019 is Friday 29th July 2016.  It is vital that all out-of-zone applications are received prior to this date, as there will be very limited places available and as a result any late enrolments will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.

For further information please phone the school office on 332 9129.



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PTA Fundraising

Entertainment books are coming soon - click here for a preview

Community Notices

If you would like a notice put into the Whānau News please email it by Friday each week to: office@cashmereprimary.school.nz and write ‘for Whānau news’ in the subject line.

Go Potty

Last tickets remaining - Come along and try your hand at gilding, the art of covering an object in real gold at Go Potty Ceramic Studio.  Join guest artist, Rachel Murphy Hansen,  who will offer step by step instruction on gilding ceramics, a very addictive and luxurious craft that will look fabulous in any home.  When: Thursday 19th May at 7pm. Cost: $40 plus materials.  Bookings essential.  To book or for further information please email Claire at gopottynz@gmail.com or call 03 332 2361.   


Katie Jane Events

Greystone wines present some amazing wine for tasting matched with delicious canapes from Katie's Kitchen.  Get a group together for a fabulous evening of fun and fine fare!  Tuesday 17 May, 7pm at The Cup, $35.  Bookings essential at www.katiejaneevents.co.nz


Pinocchio Auditions!!

Sunday May 15th 4 - 6 pm at St Ninians Church Hall, 9 Puriri Street, Riccarton.  Wanted - young performers 7 - 17!  Rehearsals will be weekends May, June. beginning of July!  Show is July 12 - 23 at Elmwood Theatre, Christchurch. Enquiries and registration to Helen at hellnhighwater@gmail.com or 021 044 1909


The Heart of Parenting - 7 Session parenting course

Please click here for further information.


Road Patrol Roster







Week 2

9 May

10 May

11 May

12 May

13 May


The Wheeley Family

The Allott Family

The Marshall Family

The Herman Family

The Andrews Family


The Blackie Family

The Harris Family

The Cook Family

The Miu Family

The McAllum Family

Week 3

16 May

17 May

18 May

19 May

20 May


The Warwick Family

The Davidson Family

The Stewart Family

The Carter Family

The Clayton Family


The Sullivan Family

The Melton Family

The To Family

The Kelly Family

The Defregger Family


Please contact Sue Meehan if you are able to assist with crossing duty on Hackthorne Road, sue.meehan@cashmereprimary.school.nz

For more information:

> School Calendar

> 2016 Learning Space/School Organisation

> 2016 Term Dates